Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC Review

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Temperature Testing, Power Consumption, and Boot Times

In the temperature testing, we’ll boot up the system, let it sit idle for 15 minutes, and measure for another 15 minutes using Core Temp, and averaging the four cores. Load testing is done using AIDA64 for 15 minutes and averaging all four cores as well, plus we’ll throw in x264 to see what it was seeing for temperatures. Normally we would run Prime95, but Prime95 is extremely stressful on these processors, plus Digital Storm recommended against it and said they personally use AIDA64. Fan settings are on auto in the Digital Storm Control Center.

Ambient room temperature was 74*F at time of testing.

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Temperature Testing

It’s not really surprising that we got great numbers on the idle temperature with the Corsair H100i in place. The load temperatures are not much of a surprise on x264 either, considering we’re overclocked to 4.6GHz with a 1.270 v-core. Corsair’s H100i has a great reputation amongst enthusiasts, so Digital Storm made a great choice using it in this system.

Along the lines of temperature you will find a problem regarding the probes that are on placed throughout the system and fan speed.  The probes can only measure the temperature of what they’re placed next to and the results aren’t always very accurate.  You will see in the below screenshot that the CPU temperature that the Digital Storm Control Center is reading is only 115*F – or approx. 46*C – and Core Temp is reading each core at 70*C or higher. (Hint:  Click the image for the fully readable size)

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Temperature Probe Difference

Power Consumption

Measuring at the wall with a Kill-a-Watt meter, we measured both idle and load numbers again. 3DMark numbers will be pulled from the Firestrike test.

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Power Usage

The results for idle were pretty good, considering the discrete video card and the 4790k in this system. 3DMark load numbers showed that we’re pretty hitting pretty high numbers for our PSU, at 406 watts, but the 500w PSU still does have a good amount of headroom before it becomes a limiting factor in our system.

 

Boot Times

Digital Storm Bolt 2 Boot Racer History

To measure boot times, we used BootRacer 4.6 to find out how quick it brings up the OS and then how quick everything is loaded. We were happy to see the system booted up to Windows 8.1in 5-6 seconds and was fully loaded at an average of 24.5 seconds in! It’s always incredible to have a system ready to use so quickly.

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  • Brian Nyhuis

    You know, that’s a very good question Loki. Basically what you have to do is remove a total of six screws, two which hold on the video card to the black plate, and four that hold the black plate to the chassis. Two of the screws are on the rear of the case, two are on the bottom of the bracket. Once you have that removed, you will end up flipping a white switch (See center of attached picture), which will release it from the PCIe slot. Disconnect the power connectors and then carefully pull out the video card. The little daughter board that the video card is connected to is connected to the motherboard via a flexible ribbon, so you don’t have to be super careful.

    It’s a little bit tedious, but it isn’t overall a giant pain by any means.

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  • loki42

    Any idea on how to change that graphics card? Does that black cage swing outward to give you access?